Wednesday, November 28

Longform Podcast #18: Mike Sager

Mike Sager, writer-at-large for Esquire and founder of The Sager Group.

"I was instilled with this thing by my parents who loved me — they fucked me up plenty but they loved the shit out of me — where I can go with people who are different and I don't feel bad about myself. I've had 13-year-old pit-bull fighting kids shame me horribly...throw pebbles at my head, and it doesn't bother me. Because when I'm a reporter, I'm not me. I'm just there to get the job done and learn stuff. I don't take it personally. Plus, I know I'm going to get the last word."

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Show Notes »

The Devil and John Holmes

He was a nobody who became a porn star, a porn star who became a destitute freebaser, an addict who set up his dealer to be robbed, and finally witness to a retaliatory massacre at the house they called Wonderland.


Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

A species of jellyfish that can transform itself back to a polyp at any time appears to debunk the most fundamental law of the natural world — you are born, and then you die.


"I Pretty Much Wanted to Die"

The many reasons Lost shouldn’t have happened.


The Coldscape

Our entire way of life depends upon the “cold chain,” the network of artificially refrigerated spaces that have reshaped the modern world.

Tuesday, November 27


The Internet's Best Terrible Person Goes to Jail

A master troll on trial in New Jersey.


Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm

“Suddenly, he had to ask for help with buttons, zippers and shoelaces. And he loathes asking for help.”


Miles from Nowhere

In 1968, the author revisits remote British Columbia, which he traveled two years earlier.

Monday, November 26


The Riddler

A profile of Henry Hook, crossword puzzle master.


The Thing With Feathers

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was extinct. Then it wasn’t. The story of an uncertain resurrection.


The Truce on Drugs

In Colorado and beyond, a negotiated surrender in the war on drugs.

Sunday, November 25


The Killing of Gus Hasford

He came home from Vietnam, wrote the novel that became Full Metal Jacket, was nominated for an Oscar and riding high. Then he got thrown in jail for stockpiling stolen library books, started drinking, cut off his friends and fled to a remote Greek island. He never made it back.